More Wuthering Heights music is in the works, as Robb, Katie and I went back into the studio to record the new track: “Look At Me.”
The song is a musical dramatization of Isabella's plea to Heathcliff to look at her both as a woman and his wife and confronts him with her tragic conclusion that if Catherine Earnshaw were dead, she might begin to have a life with the demented and revenge obsessed Heathcliff. Isabella naively believes she can heal and rehabilitate Heathcliff with her love and devotion. Katie Boeck powerfully and movingly performs this new piece. We'll be working on moreWuthering Heights songs throughout the rest of the autumn.
The “Behold The Glory Of Jetfire!” watch contest we ran while I was in Hong Kong got a massive online response from Transformers fans. I was knocked out by the skill and humor of the entries! Congrats to Dane Pavitt for his hilarious “British” Jetfire video and Michael Wright for his marvelous claymation effort. Special mentions also go to Fariz for his very funny “mockumentary” style news tribute and Tino for his drawing but all the finalists were brilliant and I'm glad I did not have to pick the final two winners! The Transformers fans got that honor!
After all the vitriolic hullabaloo from the critics regarding Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, it was nice to see the US domestic box office top $400 million, making the worldwide gross over $830 million. This pushed the movie into the “Top Ten” of most successful films of all time. I guess the summer film audiences have spoken! The Blu-Ray DVD will be released on October 20th.
So! After a highly enjoyable and productive trip to the international toy events in Japan and Hong Kong, it was straight back to work in Los Angeles, first with John Matthews on The Wildwood Tarot and then onto finishing up some new material for The Pilgrim. There's been further discussions about the future development of Blood Type, which has now caught the attention of several production entities. Good luck John and Wil!
As folks may know, The Greenwood Tarot has been out of print for some years and when I got the offer to rework the system with my old pal John Matthews with artwork by Will Worthington, I absolutely jumped at the chance!
It's been really enjoyable working with John and Will and the whole Eddison-Sadd team involved with the revised version.
The Wildwood Tarot will now be published by Eddison-Sadd in 2011.
We may have an exciting announcement regarding a live performance of some of the Wuthering Heights material in an exciting location, to be announced in the near future.
From the Sherwood Forest and the London stage to swordmastery and autobots, Mark Ryan has had one of the most diverse and interesting careers of anyone in entertaiment. Stop by now and again a peek into Mark's remarkable life.